From Earlier- 1/25/09 – 9:58 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will return to the ice tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. after a five day layoff from the All-Star Break.
Forward Max Talbot who practiced on Monday and Tuesday of last week has been taking off of injured reserve and will return to the lineup on Wednesday when the Penguins face-off against the New York Rangers. Talbot has been sidelined with a shoulder injury and for the past month has been bothered with a foot injury that has hindered his play.
The Penguins now have 10 active forwards with Pascal Dupuis also due back on Wednesday. The Penguins will make a few more callup‚Äôs prior to Wednesday‚Äôs game. Dustin Jeffrey will be among the candidates to be called up. Management was also pleased with the play of Bill Thomas during his three game stint with the Penguins.
The fans got what they wanted with the All-Star game as the game went to a shootout. Alex Kovalev and Alexander Ovechkin each scored for the Eastern Conference All-Stars in the shootout and the East won the game 12-11. Ovechkin was congratulated first by Evgeni Malkin after his shootout goal sealed the East’s victory. Malkin and Ovechkin put their feud to rest over the weekend as the two countrymen hung out on and off the ice.
Malkin recorded a goal in the All-Star game and won the accuracy challenge in the Super Skills competetion on Saturday and the NHL’s scoring leader is primed for a strong second half.
Alex Kovalev (2 goals – 1assist) was named the games M.V.P: Malkin and Kovalev played on a line together and as I reported in December, Kovalev would welcome a return to Pittsburgh with the chance to play with Malkin.